Dim the lights.

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Not surprisingly, catcher Adam Melhuse has requested and was
granted his release.  Next stop for the 37-year-old:
another big league roster or retirement, apparently.


The Rangers’ roster is down to 35 members, with six non-roster
players to add.  Still one move to go
before Monday.


Brandon McCarthy will start Game Three against Cleveland, and Kris Benson will start Game Four, which
will be Detroit’s
(chilly) home opener on Friday. 


ESPN’s Peter Gammons polled 60 general managers and scouts and
asked, based on what they saw in spring training, which players they thought
were on the brink of a breakout season. 
Chris Davis got the fifth-most votes.


And the best young arm – big league or otherwise – the 60
saw this spring?  Derek Holland was
number three.


Lots to share from the current issue of Baseball America.  Next time.


Former big league righthander Brad Holman is the new
pitching coach for Low A Hickory.


Former Rangers lefthander Tony Fossas is the new pitching
coach for Low A Dayton, in the Reds chain.


released catcher Brandon Harrigan and first baseman Dennis Guinn.


Milwaukee got righthander Wes
Littleton through waivers and outrighted him off the roster (which preceded
other moves but helped clear a 40-man roster spot for first baseman Joe
Koshansky, claimed by the Brewers off waivers from Texas).


optioned outfielder John Mayberry Jr.


The White Sox signed righthander Kelvin Jimenez to a minor
league deal.


Minor league releases: lefthander Erasmo Ramirez (White
Sox), lefthander Aaron Fultz (Cincinnati),
outfielders Jason Romano and Jason Tyner and second baseman David Newhan (Houston), second baseman Chase Fontaine (Tampa Bay),
and righthander Rick Bauer (Toronto).


The Chico Outlaws of the independent Golden Baseball League signed
lefthander Jesse Hall.


My weekly MLB.com column will return this week (probably posting
each Thursday), and we’re sticking with last year’s subject matter: an evolving
top 20 Rangers prospects list, updated each week, with commentary on each


I’m getting emails on this every day, so I’ll post it here again:
My Twitter account is @Newbergreport. 
Not sure how I’ll be utilizing it, but at the very least that’s where
breaking news will likely show up.


When we go to the movies, I get into the previews.  They’re good for getting settled in, and from
time to time there’s a trailer that gets me fired up to see the film.


But that’s not why we go to the theater, of course.  The previews just make you hungry.


When those lights dim, especially for the films you’ve spent
months waiting for, that feeling takes over. 
You’re focused.  Your adrenaline kicks
in.  You’re right where you want to be.


The previews are over. 


The lights are dimming. 


I’m locked in.


You can read more from Jamey
at www.NewbergReport.com.

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